While travelling you must follow some etiquette. These etiquettes are considered to be good and healthy.
Before we complain, we should look at our own behaviour. Our behaviour helps the environment we live in. Particularly during travelling, good manners will make a difference in any setting.
Respect the culture you’re visiting, respect your fellow travellers, and always consider how your behaviour can affect others.
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Etiquette when boarding:
- Be prepared:
Everyone boarding the flight should know that they will need to show their passport and boarding pass at some point during the boarding process, whether it is at check-in or at the gate.
So be prepared and have them ready before boarding. There is no excuse for fumbling around and wasting others’ time, especially when you are at the front of the queue.
- Board when called forward:
Board when called forward. If your seat has not been called, sit back, relax and dip back into your book.
You know it will take a minimum of fifteen minutes to board the families with children first anyway or are you the one travelling with your kids?
- Have patience:
Some travellers will always take a bag that does not fit into the overhead compartment. They also delight in taking the extra 5 minutes to play luggage Tetris whilst everyone else waits.
You can smile politely, and provide help if they are struggling. If you are the person who takes that oversized bag, then consider to shop a new one, or use the space under the seat in front of you.
- The middle seat gets the armrests:
There is no advantage to take the middle seat and you don’t get the sky views of the window seat, and you do not get the easy access of the aisle seat either.
So let these unlucky folks in the middle have the armrests.
- Talk to your neighbours:
You have to sit next to these people for at least a few hours, and a small communication will make the journey even much more pleasant.
On that note, if you are not in the mood for talking, pop on your earphones. You do not have to listen to anything, but these act as a social ‘quiet time’ signal.
- Ask before you recline:
No one is interested to stick to a confined space for any amount of time, and it becomes much nastier when you cart off even more of their seat space.
Your seat should not be reclined during food or drinks service either. If you do fancy napping, ask your neighbour if they could mind first. They will be much more likely to say yes.
- Respect personal space:
You must respect personal space. If you would like to stretch, don’t occupy a fellow passenger’s space.
Head to the front of the aircraft and walk it out. Leave personal hygiene regimes in the bathroom, and if you are listening to music make sure you are the only one that can hear it.
Everyone has their own way of relaxing during travel time and do not just let your way affect someone else.
- Walk in the ‘fast’ lane:
This is the unspoken rule of public transport, and it also applies to airport escalators and walkways. Observe the signs in the airport and see whether you are in the right ‘lane’ or not.
- Tip according to the country you are in – not where you are from:
Tipping etiquettes may vary across the world and this is where things get muddled. Reason being, some cultures do not expect you to tip at all.
When in Asian countries, check your restaurant bill because sometimes 10% service charge has already been included.
- It is okay to make mistakes:
It is natural to get things wrong when you are travelling especially while travelling internationally and experiencing new cultures and travel expectations.
Make an apology, and try to settle the situation, whether there is a language barrier or not. You can avoid some situation with research, but for the rest just let it go.
- Board With Your Zone
- Use the Space Under the Seat In Front of You
- Check Before You Recline
- Let People In Front of You Off the Plane First
- Middle Seats Get the Armrest
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